Pride of the Derwent Valley

A GROUP of local volunteers known as the Corumbene Gardeners was selected as a finalist in this year’s Pride of Australia Awards. From more than 400 nominations in total, the group was chosen as a finalist in the Mateship category, which was a terrific result.

Named as a finalist in the Bravery section was firefighter Scott Vinen, who grew up in New Norfolk. While neither went on to win the medals on offer, their selection as finalists can be a source of great pride for the local community. Their citations, published in the Mercury newspaper last Monday, read as follows:

Corumbene Gardeners: When the residents of the Corumbene Nursing Home in New Norfolk enjoy their beautiful gardens they give thanks to the dedicated band of volunteers who helped establish the grounds and now lovingly maintain them. The Corumbene Gardeners, as they are known, have also pitched in to raise funds to enhance the home’s outdoor facilities.

Scott Vinen: Modest Scott Vinen says he was only doing the job he was highly trained to do. But if it wasn’t for the Hobart fireman’s instinctive actions in racing into the burning Myer building in Hobart in September last year and finding two disoriented firefighter mates in the thick smoke there could have been a tragic human story to add to the destruction of the city landmark.

Read about the winners here.

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